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Runaway tire slams into car

Posted: Friday, Aug 16th, 2013

Emergency personnel prepare to board Leslie Ciaccio on a medical helicopter after her car was struck by a tire that had come off a passing trailer and smashed into her roof and windshield at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday. (Photo by John Shank)

ESMOND ó A Rockford woman was injured Wednesday morning in a freak accident while driving east on IL Route 64 near Woodlawn Road, when an oncoming wide-load trailer lost a wheel/tire which flew off, jumped up and struck the carís roof near the windshield.

Leslie J. Ciaccio, 46, Rockford, reportedly ducked down as she saw the tire coming toward her, but when it hit her car, the windshield shattered and the roof was smashed down trapping her.

Emergency rescue crews extricated Ciaccio from the vehicle and she was then flown by Lifeline helicopter to St. Anthony Hospital. According to emergency personnel on the scene, Ciaccio was conscious and talking before being boarded onto the helicopter.

For the complete article see the 08-15-2013 issue.

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